NISMO NEWS - MAY 8, 2017
- Silverstone Blancpain battle looms on home soil
- Fourth place for Nissan at Fuji Speedway
- Seven races in 11 days for Nissan around the world
MOTUL TEAM RJN READY FOR BATTLE ON SILVERSTONE HOME SOIL
Silverstone, UK: Motul Team RJN will be looking to bounce back on home soil at Silverstone this weekend as the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup kicks off its second round of the 2017 championship.
The No.23 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 of Lucas Ordóñez, Katsumasa Chiyo and Alex Buncombe will be out for redemption after failing to complete a lap at the opening round at Monza.
A dramatic start-line crash meant none of the three NISMO factory drivers got to complete a racing lap. "I'm very excited for Silverstone as it's the home track for Motul Team RJN," Ordóñez said.
"We had a tough start to the season at Monza with the No.23 car out in the start-line crash so now we have to fight for a good result in Silverstone.
"We head into this week pretty confident. Previously Silverstone has been really good for us but this championship is so close and 2/10ths of a second can make a difference between being top five in qualifying or top 30.
"We really have to work hard to find the speed and hopefully we can start the weekend in good shape.
"Silverstone is already very special for me because it is where I won GT Academy nine years ago. I love the track, especially the Maggots and Beckets section and I think the GT-R will be very strong."
Motul Team RJN's other GT Academy graduate, Australian Matt Simmons, will also head to the circuit where he clinched his GT Academy crown two years ago. Simmons and his two British teammates – Struan Moore and Matt Parry – finished 11th at Monza with only a late race penalty taking the No.22 Nissan GT-R NISMO out of a top ten finish.
This Sunday's race will be shown live on NISMO.TV on YouTube.
Silverstone - Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup - Round 2
NISSAN GRABS FOURTH IN SUPER GT BATTLE AT FUJI SPEEDWAY
Fuji International Speedway, Japan: The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda finished fourth in last week's mid-week Super GT battle at Fuji International Speedway.
The 500km battle is held as part of Japan's annual "Golden Week" celebrations and is the second longest Super GT race of the year.
Ronnie Quintarelli starred in qualifying for Nissan by putting the No.23 MOTUL AUTCH entry on the front row in second. Quintarelli took the start before handing the car over to Matsuda mid-race and then returning the wheel to Quintarelli for the final stretch. From the start, Quintarelli was hot on the heels of the pole sitter and stayed on his tail for several laps but after a while he began to lose pace and fell back to fourth.
After a strong stint by Matsuda, Quintarelli got back in the car in fifth place and made a pass back to P4 before the chequered flag.
Starting from the back of the grid the #46 “S Road CRAFTSPORTS GT-R” (Satoshi Motoyama / Katsumasa Chiyo) and #24 “Forum Engineering ADVAN GT-R” (Daiki Sasaki / Joao Paulo de Oliveira) both received drive through penalties, while the #12 “CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R” (Hironobu Yasuda / Jann Mardenborough) also fell back due to some unforeseen issues. They finished the race 11th, 12th and 14th respectively.
Super GT will return to Autopolis for the next round on May 21 - returning to the venue they had to skip last year due to earthquake damage.
RACING AROUND THE WORLD - SEVEN EVENTS IN 11 DAYS FOR NISSAN
Nissan and NISMO are in the midst of a busy schedule around the world with major events staged in Japan, USA, UK, Italy, Belgium, Australia and Canada over a 11 day period.
This weekend the Nissan Micra Cup returns for 2017 with the opening round of the championship scheduled for Calabogie Motorsports Park.
The European Le Mans Series will conduct its second round of the championship at Monza with the entire LM P3 class powered by Nissan.
Last weekend the Virgin Australian Supercars Championship contested their latest round at Barbagallo Raceway. The Nissan Motorsport squad had a troubled weekend but now have their sights set on their "home" race at Winton Motor Raceway on May 21.
The FIA WEC had its final race before Le Mans with Nissan-powered LM P1 privateer ByKolles enjoying a strong run to sixth place overall at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend.
The ESM squad had a promising run at Circuit of the Americas in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The No.22 Nissan-powered machine of Johannes van Overbeek qualified on the front row and the No.2 machine of Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel looked set to score another podium finish until suffering a late race issue.
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Blancpain GT Series, Endurance Cup, Silverstone, UK
European Le Mans Series, Monza, Italy
Nissan Micra Cup, Calabogie Motorsports Park, Canada
Super GT, Autopolis, Japan
Pirelli World Challenge, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Toronto, Canada
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Winton, Victoria, Australia
Pirelli World Challenge, Lime Rock Park Park, Lakeville, Connecticut, USA
Nissan Micra Cup, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Canada
Former GT Academy winner Lucas Ordóñez gives fans a unique behind-the-scenes view of the dramatic opening round of the Blancpain GT Championship Endurance Cup.